"Controversial issues" resolution in South Dakota withdrawn

02.22.2019

House Concurrent Resolution 1002, which would have urged the adoption of a code of ethics for public school teachers with a provision that could have adversely affected science education, was withdrawn from consideration by its chief sponsor on February 19, 2019.

As Ars Technica (January 29, 2019) explained with reference to a spate of similar measures, "the bills would call for teachers not to advocate on any topics that have appeared in the platform of a state political party. ... Which is problematic, given that a large number of state party platforms specifically mention evolution and climate change." 

Besides HCR 1002, four other such measures have been introduced in 2019, including South Dakota's House Bill 1113 and Virginia's House Joint Resolution 684, both defeated in committee, and Arizona's House Bill 2002 and Maine's House Paper 433, both still active.